The 18-year-old Canadian, who practices visualization every morning, upset three-time major champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, becoming the first wild-card victor and second-youngest to claim the title in tournament history.
Andreescu, 18, shook off fatigue and rallied from a break down in the third set to topple the eighth-ranked German, who hasn't won a title since she beat Serena Williams in last year's Wimbledon final for her third Grand Slam crown.
Andreescu had to call on her last reserves as Kerber saved three match points in the next game on the way to earning a break.
"Naomi [Osaka] did this previous year and now to have my name in front of so many wonderful champions means the world to me".
The veteran left-hander finds herself on the opposite end of the career trajectory as Andreescu, with 28 finals appearances under her belt, 10 of which were at Indian Wells.
"A year ago, during this period, I had been struggling a lot with my tennis and with my body, too".
"It's insane, what a year can do", she said.
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She missed six months in 2016 with stress fractures in her foot and was sidelined previous year with back problems. She had already received treatment in the right arm and shoulder area.
Andreescu finally held once again for a second game of the second set, but she was really made to work to try and extend the set for 3-5 which she did. One year after Naomi Osaka was "California Dreamin" at the BNP Paribas Open, the Canadian was hoping to write some history to become the first wildcard to win the title. A clutch second serve out wide once again put her in prime position in the point and a forehand victor closed out the first set 6-4 to the Canadian.
The teen had three match points on her serve before trying one of her patented drop shots. However the German took control of the set with a break to go ahead 3-2 when Andreescu put a shot into the net. "Now to be able to have my name beside so many fantastic champions it means the world to me". "Maybe my opponent will play unbelievable", said Andreescu.
But Andreescu's riposte was remarkable as she responded immediately by fashioning her fourth Championship point on the Kerber serve, converting it with a strong return before falling to the court in triumph. "I just want to savor this".
She said the key to the match came during a visit with her coach when she was trailing 3-2 in the third set. I just want to enjoy this moment because I don't want to take anything for granted.
The sudden flood of attention being directed at Andreescu is reminiscent of that given to other Canadians when they burst onto the tennis scene in recent years, including former women's world number five Eugenie Bouchard and men's No. 3 Milos Raonic.